Pizza, Pool Party and Mocktails at Prem
Jaime Peske and
Kylie Nealis, grade 11 students, Prem
On Friday, November 12, the boarding students from Prem
Tinsulanonda International School (Prem) held a pool party to celebrate all
the birthdays from August to November. We were all allowed to invite three
friends from the day school and our guests from Kardinia International
College of Australia also joined us for a more enjoyable time.
could resist a mocktail at Prem’s pool party last Friday night?
The evening began with dinner, where we all indulged in
pizza and a variety of delicious finger foods from the Prem cafeteria. Also,
throughout the evening Ajarn Urs and Ajarn Josh made the best Mocktails in
all of Chiang Mai. We recruited two of our fellow boarders, Job and Vi, to
be the event’s DJs and they played the best music from hip-hop to punk
rock. Everyone was guaranteed to hear at least one of their favorite songs,
if not more.
authors, Jaime and Kylie, dance the night away at Prem’s fun-filled pool
Let’s not forget that this was a pool party, so of
course there were many scenes of “who can push who in first” as well as
kayak races, diving contests, and just good old fun swimming.
As the night got cooler, most of the pool goers decided
to get out of the water and resort to a warmer kind of fun - dancing. This
went on for most of the rest of the evening, with everyone enjoying
themselves immensely. It’s probably fair to say that the highlight of the
dance festivities was Ajarn David with his entertaining dance with Tam,
during the song “American Pie”.
It can be said that the pool party was just what the students and staff
at Prem needed to add some festivities to the school term. Undoubtedly
everyone is looking forward to the next event like this! We would like to
thank Ajarn Marie, all the interns, and the rest of the Prem staff for
putting on such a great event.
Northern weaving outstanding, says international designer
Chiang Mai Fashion and Jewelry week shows Lanna fashions
The Chiang Mai Fashion and Jewelry show was able to
highlight some new fashion ideas, with the Raffles LaSalle designer Akarat
Varinsathien demonstrating just why he has won international acclaim and
Varinsathien, a lecturer in Fashion Design at the Raffles LaSalle
International Design School poses with a model at the Fashion and Jewelry
“Chiang Mai fashion is outstanding and very interesting
in its use of Lanna textile that shows off the real Lanna identity,” said
Akarat, a fashion design lecturer of Raffles LaSalle International Design
Akarat took part in the recent Chiang Mai Fashion and
Jewelry Week 2004 which was held at Thapae Gate with his own-design fashion
show set under the concept, “The Starry Twilight”.
of his designer clothes shown at the Fashion and Jewelry Festival 2004.
“Northern weaving cloth is out of the ordinary and
charming, just made to be applied with others of my designer clothes,”
“Chiang Mai has not reached the highest point of what
can be achieved in the North, but with the help and the expertise of
professionals like Bamas Chan, (who choreographed the show) it is on the
way,” he said.
The show was a fusion of East meets West as well as a
merger of hot and cool colors, according to Akarat.
Having great talent and ability in producing fashion clothes, Akarat
plans to join the next “The 5th Nimmanhaemin Art and Design Promenade”
on December 4 and the international Malaysia Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur.
Vocational Training Center opens in Mae Sai
SES (Bonn) supplies expert trainers
A Vocational Centre has been established for Mae Sai
underprivileged children and young adults. With help from different local
organizations such as Child life, DEPDC, and Herbal House, the Vocational
Training Centre is an important part of the rehabilitation and integration
of the youths back into society.
The centre began by offering three courses: English,
computers and a mechanics course with the main focus on motorcycle repair.
help from different local organizations such as Child life, DEPDC, and
Herbal House, a Vocational Centre has been established for Mae Sai
underprivileged children and young adults.
A health and hygiene course for the staff of local
organizations will take place in November this year, followed by a basics of
bakery course in January next year run by a master baker from Germany.
One week after opening, the centre was flooded with 300
applications. Since then, the centre has already taught 60 teenagers on the
The aim of the vocational training is to prepare the
youths for their professional futures. This provides them with a better
chance on the labour market. This opportunity will help them to break
through the poverty level, in which most participants live.
The mechanics course is taught by a German master
mechanic and runs for about three months. The seven participants in this
course are taught theory as well as practical work in the VTC workshop,
including how to maintain and repair the engine, brakes, clutch and other
parts of the motorcycle. “At the beginning there have been some problems
with the translation from English to Thai, because of the very specific
terms. But since we found a very good translator, the course is running very
smoothly,” said Hartmut K๖gler, the SES-Expert. “I am very
surprised at the energy and effort the youths put into our mechanics course.
They very quickly understood the theory of the engine and I am looking
forward to come again next year.”
In March he will come back to enlarge the skills of the
youths and to teach them how to weld. After finishing the program, the
youths will be given “training on the job” in co-operation with local
motorcycle repair shops.
The mechanic-teacher was sent from the “Senior Expert
Service” (SES), a German organisation which is sending experts to the
Vocational Training Centre. These experts will guarantee a very high quality
in the courses. The major costs for the experts are covered by the SES
funding. Thanks to the SES Bonn again, for making this program possible.
Since the Vocational Training Centre was not created from extensive
funding, we urgently need support to make our program more efficient.
Donations or other support is very welcomed. Contact the Vocational Training
Centre Mae Sai, 249/11 Moo 8, Tesaban 22, Tambon Viepangkham, Mae Sai,
Chiang Rai 57130, tel/fax: 0-5373-2527. Or visit our website:
The Chiang Mai ‘Classics’ series is born
Discounts available for subscribers
As a result of last month’s successful performance by
the Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra at the Kad Theatre, a small group of music
lovers has put their heads and finances together to organize a number of
concerts for Chiang Mai’s music lovers. These concerts will be called
Chiang Mai Classics.
Utley (left on harp) and the musicians from the CMSO are something we will
see more often in 2005.
The first objective of this initiative is to support and
motivate the Chiang Mai musicians and hopefully prevent them emigrating to
Bangkok. The second objective is to develop more interest in classical music
and the last objective is to support the activities of the New Life
Foundation, under the Patronage of H.R.H. The Princess Mother.
Each concert will feature a variety of instruments,
composers and performers, with some music interspersed with more
light-hearted pieces. The first three concerts are already scheduled for
January 28, February 25, and March 26, next year.
For the January concert, the pieces were carefully
selected to present small groups of quartets, trios and duets. There will be
Saint-Saens’ famous “Swan” piece for cello and harp which will be
played by Karin Mekara and Judith Utley, and Beethoven’s Trio for
Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Chaipruk Mekara, Karin Mekara and David Wilson.
The proceeds from the series will be shared with the
musicians and the New Life Foundation. Season tickets for this series of
three concerts will be sold to subscribers at a special rate well before the
start of the first concert. A higher price will be charged for
non-subscribers whose tickets will become available about two weeks before
To organize such a major event, much hard work and sponsorship will be
needed. If you want to support this initiative or wish to have more details
about the concert program, please email [email protected] or call 01 8811
Champa’s history revised
Michael Vickery at the Alliance Francaise
The room for the monthly Informal Northern Thai Group
(INTG) meeting at the Alliance Francaise in Chiang Mai was packed, when
American Michael Vickery gave an introduction to the history and
significance of Champa on Nov 9, 2004.
Hubbard introduces guest speaker Michael
the Alliance Francaise.
On hand was a map of Vietnam that showed the location of
several city-states of the ancient Champa Kingdom along the coast of
Vietnam. Michael singled out the states of Amaravati near present-day Da
Nang, Vijaya near Qui Nhon, Kauthara near Nha Trang and Panduranga in the
southern part of Central Vietnam.
The Austronesian Cham, as a sea-faring ethnic group of
people from the island of Borneo, arrived at Sa Huynh as early as 500BC.
From there, they expanded north and south by moving their capitals according
to trade relations with their neighbors, the Vietnamese in the north and the
Khmer people in the south. There was never a united Champa Kingdom like
earlier reports of French researchers and archeologists suggest.
Michael also showed some slides to illustrate the
impressive brick towers built on hills along the coast of the South China
Sea and sculptures from the Da Nang Museum of Cham Art that are dated from
the 6th-15th centuries. The sophisticated civilization of the Cham appeared
to disappear completely in the 18th century.
Michael Vickery became interested in Champa through his work on ancient
Cambodia and started looking at Champa seriously five years ago. Recently,
he has been asked to write the history chapter for the guidebook to an
exhibition of “Champa Art” by the Museum Guimet in Paris to be shown in
Food lovers get ready for tasty treats
The Chiang Mai Restaurant Club will hold the 17th Chiang
Mai Food Festival from November 30 - December 6 at the Muan Jai Square of
the Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai.
display clothes and vegetable decorations to invite people to join the Food
The festival is supported by many governmental and
non-governmental organizations, including the Chiang Mai Municipality,
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office,
the 6th Agricultural Promotion Office, the 10th Health Center, Thai Airways,
Bio-Foam, and Pepsi.
Restaurants joining the festival have to pass the Chiang
Mai Provincial Public Health Office’s Clean Food Good Taste standards.
Activities include demonstrations of tribal foods and dishes from many
eminent Chiang Mai people and restaurant owners. Beer drinking and eating
competitions are set to challenge all food and drink lovers. An ice-carving
competition and Khantoke set arrangements competition will be held as well.
The highlight of the festival will be the special dinner
talks by Dr Duangduen Na Chiangmai, Deputy Governor Prinya Parnthong and
Sa-ngar Damapong from the Department of Health.
Products from the ‘Food Safety Chiang Mai’ campaign
will be on sale. Bio-foam plates and containers made from cassava will be
used by the restaurants for the first time in Chiang Mai to encourage the
use of these eco-friendly containers which can afterwards be used as animal
feed. This will also help solve the municipality’s problem of waste
La Gondola, Tropicana, Antique House, Ban Rai Steak House, Him Restaurant
and Aerothai Club Restaurant have already indicated they will take part.
Other restaurants interested in joining the festival should contact the
Chiang Mai Restaurant Club at 0-5321-1259 or 0-1531-5810.
HSH Prince Bhisadej joins Ad Carabao’s 50th birthday party
The 50th birthday party for Ad Carabao (Yuenyong Arpakul)
was held at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel on November 9. His Serene Highness
Prince Bhisadej Rajani, chairman of the Royal Project Foundation, and
Vorapong Moochaotai, president of the Thai Hotel Association’s Northern
Chapter, were honorary guests. Over 2,000 fans also attended.
famous singer Ad Carabao (first left, back row) with the three students from
Weruwan School at his birthday party at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.
“It was the most impressive birthday for me because
thousands of my fans congratulated me and more importantly, His Serene
Highness Prince Bhisadej joined the party,” said the famous singer.
Jaroen Siriwattanapakdee, the owner of Chang Beer used the occasion to
donate 150,000 baht to Ad as scholarships for three needy students from
Weruwan School in Sarapee district, Chiang Mai.